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Informix Business Partner links

IBM has put together an excellent list of valuable resources for IBM Informix business partners and all other Informix interested parties.

You'll find the Wiki entry here:

Informix TechNotes

While checking the Informix URL List for dead links, I discovered a valuable URL from Informix Tech Support that provides helpful information as well as tips and tricks around Informix:

If you are new to Informix, check this URL as it contains a lot of small and handy tips around Informix that are updated frequently.

Newsletter Juli 2010

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe (07/2010) des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe Juli 2010:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: SEQUENCE
  • TechTipp: DRINTERVAL bei RSS
  • Hinweis: Ultimate- Growth- Innovator-C- Developer Edition

French Informix Newsletter: 2eme trimestre 2010

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  • Editorial
  • Nouvelle politique de packaging et de prix pour les produits Informix.
  • Retour sur l’IIUG Informix Conference 2010
  • Résultats du Concours d’optimisation UGIF
  • Lettre de Robert D. Thomas, Vice President, Information Management, IBM Software Group
  • Informix 11.50.xC6 certifié pour SAP
  • Technique: Reconstruction de sysmaster lors d’une migration en 11.50.xC6
  • Technique : Dynamic Listen Threads

No we won't ever ever advertise individual products....

We have heard it so many times from IBM: "No we won't ever ever advertise individual products...."

However it seems to me that for certain products IBM finds subtle ways to bypass their own policy:

Excerpt of the Advertisement Text:

"What exactly does a benchmark mean? For the last five years, IBM DB2® has spent more time

Accessing Databases from WebSphere V7

For all of you working with Informix in combination with IBM Websphere, the following IBM RedPaper might be interesting and helpful. It covers the definition of data sources and contains a good description for performing those tasks in Websphere with IBM Informix as database backend:

When an application or WebSphere® component requires access to a database, 
that database must be defined to WebSphere as a data source. Two basic 
definitions are required. First, a JDBC™ provider definition defines an 

Informix Geospatial and Timeseries

If you think about creating database powered Geospatial solutions, the following presentation from Mark Ashworth (IBM Informix Extensibility Architect) might be interesting for you:

Webcast - Best Practices for Running Informix in VMWare vSphere Virtual Environments

  • Date: Tuesday, July the 13th
  • Time: 1.5 hour, 10:30 AM Pacific, 0:30 PM Central, 1:30 PM Eastern, 6:30 PM London, 7:30 PM Berlin/Paris
  • Title: Best Practices for Running Informix in VMWare vSphere Virtual Environments
  • Speaker: Sreeni Paidi (IBM)

You can register for the webcast here

IBM Informix is voted #1 in customer satisfaction and it is IBM's 

Meeting Communications Industry Imperatives with the Right Data Management Framework

June 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EST, 9:00 AM PST

Larry Hargrove, Global Sales and Solutions Executive for Service Provider Software, IBM
Sally Hartnell, Worldwide Marketing Manager for Informix and solidDB, IBM

Meeting Communications Industry Imperatives with the Right Data Management Framework


Because of intense competition and demands from consumers, Communications Service 

Informix Performance Tuning: Virtual Workshop

Advanced Data Tools hosts a series of webcasts covering Informix Performance Tuning. The webcasts will be held by IIUG Board of Directors member and IIUG Award Winner Art Kagel.

Here you can register for those webcasts:

Bilder vom 54. IUG-Workshop

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In Ergänzung zur Workshop-Nachlese hier noch Links zu den Präsentationen sowie weitere Fotos von Stammtisch und Workshop:

Newsletter Juni 2010

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe (06/2010) des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe Juni 2010:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: Bitmap Pages / oncheck -pp
  • TechTipp: System Requirements und Recomended Fixes
  • TechTipp: SMI - Sysmaster Interface – sysbufpool - Cache-Statistik je Bufferpool

Mark Scranton is back

Mark Scranton - an Informix veteran and evangelist - is back with a new website:

It is good to see Mark back on the Informix frontline. The Informix Zone wishes Mark a successful start !

Virtuelle IBM Konferenz: Data in Action

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Die virtuelle IBM-Konferenz bietet einen Überblick zum IBM Data Management Portfolio. Dabei liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf den beiden IBM Datenbanken DB2 und Informix. Unter anderem berichtet die Firma Network IP - ein führender Anbieter from Telekommunikations-Diensten in den USA - über ihre durchweg positiven Erfahrungen mit der IBM Informix Datenbank, die das Herzstück ihrer IT bildet.

Webcast - Best Practices for using Auto-update stats

  • Date: Wednesday, June the 16th
  • Time: 1.5 hour, 8:30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 AM Eastern, 4:30 PM London, 5:30 PM Berlin/Paris
  • Title: Best Practices for using Auto-update stats
  • Speaker: John Miller (IBM, STSM and Informix support Architect)

You can register for the webcast here

Don't miss this opportunity to get better understanding so can effectively 

InformixForFree - Links with more detailed information

As a follow up on my german posting about the new Informix pricing and packaging announcement, you'll find some links below with more detailed information about these exciting IBM Informix offerings:

Informix auf Heise

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Im Nachgang zur Veröffentlichung der kostenlosen Informix-Varianten hier noch der Link zu einem Newstickereintrag auf von gestern:

Schön, dass nun auch über Informix gesprochen wird !

Informix-Cluster on IBM Bladeservers

Listen to Lester Knutsen from Advanced Data Tools and Gary Proctor and Nick Geib from IBM when they talk about how easy it is to run an Informix database cluster on IBM Bladeserver hardware:

Vergessen Sie MySQL: Informix ist jetzt kostenlos !

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Heute ist ein bedeutender Tag für die weltweite Informix-Gemeinde: IBM hat soeben ein neues Preis- und Lizensierungs-Modell für die Informix-Datenbank bekanntgegeben !

Hier hat sich das Engagement der weltweiten Informix-Gemeinde und insbesondere der Deutschen IUG gelohnt. Immer wieder hat die Deutsche IUG ein attraktiveres Preis- und Lizensierungs-Modell für Informix bei den Verantwortlichen der IBM mit Nachdruck eingefordert. Nun trägt diese Arbeit Früchte.

Informix Timeseries Datablade handles 50.000 Time Series Records in a single second

Hildebrand, an energy consulting company, has developed an innovative new software solution that allows the exact tracking of energy consumption at homes. The solution is based on Informix Dynamic Server and exploits the Informix Timeseries DataBlade technology. The results are really impressing.


"IBM software delivered spectacular results. In the first proof-of-concept 
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